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American Innovation: Bigelow's Patent Safety Pinion and the Illinois Watch Company (Part 7)

Before Fogg's patented safety pinion entered the public domain in 1882, new watch companies were compelled to prioritize the development of their own unique safety pinion design. When the Illinois Watch Company was organized in 1870 (as the Springfield Watch Company), the company was eager to find a novel safety pinion design to compete with the National Watch Company (Burt's Patent) and the American Watch Company (Fogg's Patent). With the success of the early safety pinions used by the two largest American watch factories, it was becoming critical feature in any watch movement with a going barrel. On September 10, 1872, John K... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 days ago


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American Innovation: The Industry Adopts Fogg's Patent Safety Pinion (Part 6)

The safety pinion was one of the most pivotal inventions to impact the America watch industry. The ability to protect the delicate watch parts from being damaged when a mainspring broke was critical to watch companies eager to offer better and more expensive watch movements on the market. Merritt Burt was the first to secure a patent for the safety pinion concept - a design that was implemented in movements from the National Watch Company from market introduction in 1867. Between 1864 and 1881, nearly a dozen safety pinion designs were patented with varying levels of realization in production... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 1 week ago


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American Innovation: Charles S. Moseley's Patent Safety Pinion: Improving Merritt Burt's Design (Part 5)

Charles S. Moseley joined the National Watch Company in 1864 after being lured away from the American Watch Company in Waltham. Moseley exhibited a brilliant mechanical mind and was offered the position of superintendent and master mechanic at the new Elgin factory. Charles S... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 weeks ago



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Serial No.: #829551
Manufacturer:Seth Thomas
Grade:37
Size:18s
Model:9
Jewels:15j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1906
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Serial No.: #1175880
Manufacturer:Illinois
Grade:65
Size:18s
Model:4
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Two-Tone
Est. Date:1893
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Serial No.: #102718
Manufacturer:Columbus Watch Co.
Grade:99
Size:18s
Model:2
Jewels:16j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Two-Tone
Est. Date:1887
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Serial No.: #27538336
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:Vanguard
Size:16s
Model:1908
Jewels:23j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Gilt or Nickel
Est. Date:1931
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Serial No.: #14023205
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:Vanguard
Size:16s
Model:1899
Jewels:23j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1904
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Serial No.: #799792
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:954
Size:16s
Model:1
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1911
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Serial No.: #1358041
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:992
Size:16s
Model:2
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1919
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Serial No.: #2440367
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:992
Size:16s
Model:2
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1927
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Serial No.: #12701129
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:354
Size:0s
Model:2
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1907
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